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Samuel Adams Cold Snap | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.

Added by tbryan5 on 01-01-2014

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Reviews:
281
Ratings:
2,120
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
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Reviews by scootny:
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought this hoping it would be as good an early spring beer as the Alpine of a few years ago. Pours nicely with a good head but not so much decoration on the sides of my glass. Cloudy and golden it has a good look to it. The smell is different for the style with a large malt body that has less twang and more bread than is common. Notes of vanilla and and orange with light coriander. An almost bubblegum sweetness. Taste has a lot of fruitiness, ( the added plum ) and spices. Body is quite round and full with a lemony honey maltiness. The orange peel shows in the the finish with nice zesty kick while still being low in bitterness, just enough to refresh and clean the palate. Feel is on the thicker side for a wit with a mild carbonation. Not the home run of the Alpine by a longshot, but a decent quality beer nonetheless.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aaah, before the grip of cold weather, winter has its grip-its bracing bone chilling rigidness is broken up by the common richness of porters, stouts and barleywines. These beers warm those bones well during the hibernating sense of winter. But then a Cold Snap happens and teases us with the notion that warmer weather is just around the corner.

As the snow starts to melt, Samuel Adams delivers a beer that pours with a golden-amber hue. Bright in its appearance, the ale pours with a vibrantly carbonated demeanor which fuels a stark-white head of arid structure. Long in its retention, the ale laces with certain randomness.

Its aromas are sweet with supple caramel, honey and fruit- its melange is herbal and somewhat of fresh-hung tobacco. Plumb, dates, marmalade, and figs are light in the backdrop, but with the light nutty and steely caramel playing behind, the ale offers as much of an earthy scent as it is zesty.

To taste, the beer's brightness shines. There's just enough sweetness and graininess to give the beer a malty grit to allow its beginnings to jump right out. Yet what follows its the citrusy and spicy underpinnings which breath life into the ale. Finishing with a bready aftetaste, those fruit, floral and spice flavors trail in echoes.

Its light and grainy body is creamy to start but quickly fall apart because of its scrubbing mineral and grain qualities. Crystal-clean in its delivery, that also becomes the beer's problem. It's so clean that it reveals the grain flavor and texture to limit its enjoyment. It also highlights is plaster-like taste and texture to much the same malaise.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Given that it's not just been we up here in the Great White North who've had to deal with the eponymous weather conditions these past few months, this is a pithy reminder of hopefully bygone days, at least for another year.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves some nice random exploding snow bank lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of that particular blend of semi-sweet fruity orange flesh and muted coriander spice, lightly bready wheat malt, and further lemon and grassy hop notes. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - the spice and fruit lead things off, as the orange gets a bit musty, and the coriander holds firm - with a visit from some faintly spicy white ginger, a nicely even, lightly toasted caramel and wheat malt, fading lemon pie esters, and mild leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is genuinely soft and innocuous, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and unaffectedly smooth, with some ethereal hints of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muddled citrus fruitiness and dulled spiciness blending well enough with the lingering bready, wheat grain sweetness.

A decent enough version of a witbier, sort of faded around the edges, but the meat of the matter is still intact. Which is all fine and good, but this is certainly a warm(er) weather offering, so I'm thinking there's something lost in translation here - up here, a 'cold snap' is a prolonged period of sub-zero temps - I'm guessing that BBC assumes a different stress, as in 'a snap to the existing cold' i.e. springtime, y'all.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a very surprising treat. Crisp and refreshing. The flavor is dominated by wheat, orange, coriander, and a little fruity sweetness I can only assume is from the plum. This addition of plum give this one a nice surprise note that you don't find in this style of beer. It is enough to make it stand out from the rest and really make me ready for Spring. Worth a revisit.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Quite a deep dark color. Dark orange side of yellow, with a very nice creamy top. Not much of a head only about a finger but gives a good creamy puck and appearance.

Aroma is a nice soft sense of wheat grain, a hint of little spice and sweetness, but also a touch of bile unfortunately. Mild senses of vanilla also which is a nice little touch as well. Some powdery white flour quality also. Otherwise pretty good.

Palate is fairly nice with not much surprises. Chewy body with a good grain quality. A little hint of playful carbonation but ever so slight which slightly livens the palate a bit. Creamy finish too, which is hinted with a little sweetness of malt and possibly some Belgian sucrose. Not much of an aftertaste but a very full and rich mid palate, with an excellent grain accent.

A pretty solid wit good one to know about in the arsenal from the BBC.

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Photo of dredz_126
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, this beer... the many things one could say. The pour; similar to that of when one urinates on a small kitten and then holds the kitten over an empty pint glass to dry. The aroma? Remember that one time at uncle Joeys when he became so intoxicated that he asked you to rub bag balm on his back then scrape it off with a butter knife? That smell on the butter knife afterward.. the mouthfeel; have you ever licked a used slip'n'slide?That.. and finally the taste. When your chewing on beef jerky and you get a tendony piece and you sit there and chew and chew and chew until it loses most of its flavor. Thats it

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours an orange-tinted gold so cloudy that one cannot even see the shadow of their fingers on the other side of the glass. Forms a thin, short-lived pale head which becomes a ring rather quickly.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of a spiced, mulled orange juice, with heavy citrus notes shot through with coriander and herbal spiciness. There's a very faint touch of funk as well, as though that orange juice were a bit past its expiration date.

T: Sour, tart citrus rolls through the palate with this beer, a mix of orange and grapefruit, both more sour than sweet as if a shade underripe. There's a heavy dose of coriander as well, staying solidly level from opening to finish, and a faint aura of funk drifting by in the background. As the beer warms, the taste profile remains the same, oddly enough.

M: Light, lively, and inviting to drink quickly, this is a refreshing wheat beer.

O: Not a bad take on a witbier, if a bit less complex than I'd prefer.

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Photo of cabelgabel
2.11/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love Sam Adams, but this is marketed toward Blue Mooners. Alpine Spring needs to make a return.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Start off by saying, nice to see that's still my buddy's pic on those steps, funny thing is I heard he met Jim Koch last month, neat, anyways.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a soft hazy white color with a subtle transparency about it allowing some carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. Fizzy to foamy soft white head immediately dissipates with no lacing left in the wake.
The smell had some sweet Belgian sugars, light spice (couldn't really tell what the spice was, but something is there), and a light little bit of clementime.
The taste was moderately sweet with the clementime being a nice force to balance. Spice was pretty subdued.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a good crisp sweet sessionable feel hitting my tongue in a sticky manner, not cloying, just light sticky in a gentle sort of way.
Overall, it's a decent Americanized witbier, I just don't see anything above and beyond to indicate this is a top notch witbier. If anything, goes great with a bleu' cheese crumbled New York strip steak.

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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DanGeo
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppin_mad
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Therron
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kcc
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MikeC144
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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